The Fulbright Program: a prestigious brand and tag everyone wants to wear proudly. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is a post-graduate program fully funded by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Each year, around four thousand students from one hundred and fifty-five countries from around the world bag this honorable scholarship and get to live their dream of studying in U.S. universities and other institutions in Master’s and PhD programs. This program is open for all disciplines except for clinical medicine.
The Fulbright Program is designed to equip its fellows with not just academic but cultural knowledge as well. Getting to experience a cultural exchange program enables participants’ behavioral and cognitive abilities as well as enhancing their intercultural competence. Therefore, it is essential to weigh in the extrinsic benefits of the program as well.
- International travel
- Visa fees
- Full tuition fees
- Monthly stipend
- Medical insurance
- Incidental allowance
- Allowance for books and course materials
- Allowance for computer
Why should you apply?
William Fulbright says in his book, ‘The Price of Empire’, “Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind. Fostering these–leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures–was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program that I was privileged to sponsor in the U.S. Senate over forty years ago. It is a modest program with an immodest aim–the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past. I believed in that possibility when I began. I still do.” Essentially, educational exchanges are not merely an exchange of intellectual tendencies but, the standpoint for future world peace and order. By bringing more knowledge to the world, the Fulbright Program helps in bringing more compassion to the world.
The Fulbright Program operates on a yearly cycle. Generally, applications for the program open around fifteen months before the commencement date of the program. The application process is limited to virtual submission of personal statements and all relevant documents including reference letters. To know more about the application process, head over to the ECA website here.
As the pandemic pressed most educational institutions to shutdown or move to distance learning mode, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has temporarily paused all ECA-funded exchange programs. For news and updates regarding The Fulbright Program, click here.